Anthropology

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Objective

Apply an Anthropological perspective to social and cultural phenomena.

Learning Outcomes

  • After completion of introductory anthropology courses, students will be able to define anthropology and distinguish it from other disciplines in the social sciences.
  • Upon completion of introductory anthropology courses, students will demonstrate the ability to use anthropological concepts to understand important ways in which peoples and cultures in the world vary from each other and are similar.
  • Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to recognize the value of anthropology.
  • Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental ways in which cultures are similar and different from each other.
  • Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to demonstrate their awareness of basic theoretical explanations for cultural similarities and differences.
  • Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of how to do cultural anthropological research.

Objective

Apply an Anthropological perspective to human evolution.

Learning Outcome

  • After completion of the introductory anthropology courses, students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the biological and cultural changes and adaptations that occurred in Homo sapiens sapiens and their primate precursors to form humankind as it now exists.

Objective

Examine one's own life and values using these perspectives.

Learning Outcome

  • Introductory and advanced students will demonstrate the ability to think reflexively about their particular worldview(s) from a variety of perspectives so they can better understand their orientation to the world.

Objective

To develop a basic understanding of ethnographic and archaeological methods.

Learning Outcome

  • Advanced students will demonstrate a rudimentary ability to collect and analyze ethnographic data.
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  • Advanced students will demonstrate a basic understanding of how archaeological data are collected and analyzed.

Objective

View social and cultural phenomena with an informed global and cross-cultural perspective.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify, interpret and compare diverse cultural beliefs and customs.
  • Students will be able to challenge ethnocentric notions and practices that lead to gross inequalities of opportunity and treatment in social life.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of particular cultures, including non-Western cultures, as adaptive and meaningful systems.

Objective

Understand the centrality of gender, race, class, and culture in different societies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory students will demonstrate a recognition of the importance of global, multicultural, and gender-sensitive perspectives.
  • Students will be able to discuss the significance of race, class, gender, and culture as organizing concepts in anthropology.

Objective

Understand and evaluate anthropological theory and research.

Learning Outcome

  • Students will be able to apply theory to explicate cultural phenomena.